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Thomas DeLattre and Glen D. Wieland

Errors that could impact your car accident recovery

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2023 | Auto Accident |

The harm caused to you in a car accident can be extensive. You might experience limited mobility, extensive pain, financial difficulties, and mental and emotional hardship. Coping with all of these harms can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to focus on your recovery and reclaiming your normal life. Fortunately, you might be able to secure relief through a successful personal injury lawsuit.

That said, there’s no guarantee that you’ll succeed on your claim, which is why you need to be diligent in gathering and presenting the evidence needed to prove your case. When it comes to proving damages, though, many car accident victims make mistakes that put them at risk of recovering far less than they deserve. Don’t let that happen to you.

Avoid these missteps when proving damages in your personal injury case

You’re not going to be given the compensation you need unless you can prove your damages or convince the other side to give you what you’re requesting. While strong evidence can help get you where you want to be, these errors could back you into a corner:

  • Misunderstanding applicable insurance policies: A lot of the compensation you receive after a car accident will come from an insurance company. But if you misunderstand the terms and coverage of these policies, then you might see a claim denied when it otherwise should be paid. So, make sure you’re reading through applicable policies to understand their bounds.
  • Not gathering evidence: It sounds obvious to say that you need to gather evidence of your damages, but many car accident victims cut themselves short here. One mistake that they make is assuming that the damages speak for themselves. However, you need to make a record of each damage type, the harm you’ve incurred from them up to this point, and how you expect them to negatively impact you moving forward. So, while items like medical and employment records can be helpful, you might also need expert witnesses to help you prove your case.
  • Not following recommendations: Another way to cut yourself short when it comes to proving your damages is to forego your doctor’s recommendations. Not following through on these recommendations makes it hard for you to create a record of the medical care that you’ve received and that you need moving forward.
  • Settling too early: There’s a good chance that you’ll be offered a settlement in your personal injury case. While it might be tempting to take it, the first offer is probably far less than your claim is worth. So, take the time needed to fully assess a settlement offer and what you can do to push for a higher settlement amount.
  • Not seeking counsel: It’s your decision whether to seek the assistance of an attorney or not, but those who forego legal counsel often find themselves confused by the process and how best to protect their interest.

Fight to recover the compensation you deserve

The outcome of your car accident personal injury case will dictate what your recovery looks like, and it can control your financial stability for a long time to come. That’s why you need to be aggressive in building your case, keeping in mind that there are mistakes that you’ll want to avoid along the way.

So, if you or a loved one has been injured in a serious car accident, then now is the time to figure out your next steps and how best to fight for what you deserve.



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